Best Hudson Valley Farms for Apple or Pumpkin Picking
My wife and I are heading up the Hudson Valley from NYC next weekend, going as far north as Woodstock. We're interested in a nice farm with an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Bonus points for sustainable practices (don't care if they're certified or not).
We're not sure yet where this might fit into our plans, so the right place could be as far south as Tarrytown and as far north as Woodstock.
I haven't been to Stone ridge Orchard, but I went many times to Elizabeth Ryan's other orchards, Breezy Hill. If it is as well run as Breezy Hill, it should be very good. Both orchards are certified Eco Apple, which means the are low spray. I think they only spray twice each year, the minimum you have to do to get high quality fruit. And the last spray time is 6-8 weeks before harvest. So no pesticide residues are on the fruit. For me this is important because I am allergic to pesticide residue.
I am a big fan of Prospect Hill Orchards in Milton. They have nice low trees that you don't need pickers for (they don't have them for apples, just for pears), and they charge by the pound so you can buy as many or as little as you want (unlike some places that make you pick a minimum per person). There are other threads here, I will try to find one. Also, the people are very nice and it's not a zoo like some of the big places.
Here's an old thread where a couple of people (other than me) said nice things about Prospect Hill:
Check out Stone Ridge Orchards in the town of Stone Ridge and Mr. Apple which is in High Falls. Both are not too far from Woodstock. The former orchard is eco certified while the later is low spray. Call ahead to check the "picks" of the week.
High Falls Cafe
134 Commercial St, Theresa, NY 13691
on the west side of the river, check out warwickvalleyappletrail.com
these two links are a couple years old:
there's also an ulster county one.
and a larger hudson valley one:
fishkill farms (not mentioned there) had lots of pumpkins, i'm pretty sure they had apples, it's been a while since we've been there.
hahn definitely has pick your own, barton has pumpkins (maybe apples) with tons of other activities / visitors,
I'm a big fan of Masker Orchards, which is on the Warwick Valley Apple Trail. PYO, and usually a good variety of apples. Good cider donuts, and plenty of other activities for the kids as well. It does get slammed on weekends, the earlier you can get out there the better.
Bonus: It's a 5-minute drive from the Bellvale Creamery on Route 17A, which has delicious homemade ice cream and great views of the Warwick Valley.